Lee Clark says he would be interested in becoming manager of League One club Charlton Athletic, should current boss Lee Bowyer leave to join QPR.
Steve McClaren was sacked as QPR manager on Monday after less than a year in charge at Loftus Road, with Charlton boss Bowyer one of the favourites to replace him.
Clark, who as last manager of Bury two years ago, has previously managed Huddersfield, Birmingham, Blackpool and Kilmarnock.
The Sun reported earlier this week that the 46-year-old is high on Charlton’s list of candidates to replace Bowyer, should he chose to leave for Loftus Road.
Clark has expressed an interest in the manager’s job at The Valley, but says he will not approach the club while Bowyer is still in charge.
“Obviously they’ve got a manager in place as far as I’m concerned,” Clark told tribalfootball.com.
“I know the stories are along the lines if the manager was to leave but I’ve always been a manager that is open and honest and I would never be putting myself forward for jobs when managers are still in place.
“I know Lee very well, I played alongside him in my last year of playing at Newcastle. I get along with Lee well. He’s done a terrific job there so there is no surprise that other clubs are looking at him.
“But I’m a manager out of work so if the job becomes available and they want to speak with us then I’d be very much interested.”
McClaren was sacked as QPR boss with the club 17th in the Championship table, after a poor run of just one win from 15 league matches.
Meanwhile, Bowyer has done a good job for Charlton in League One this season with the club fifth in the table and all but guaranteed a play-off place.
Bowyer has done well for Charlton this season and it is easy to understand why he has caught the attention of QPR.
His future at the League One club remains uncertain as he is yet to sign a new deal and he could be tempted by a move to Loftus Road.
If he does leave Charlton for the Championship, the club may want to act quickly and Clark could be a good choice as manager given his experience.